Fields of War: Battle of Normandy
Robert J. Mueller
French Battlefields (2014)
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (11/14)
Award winning author Robert J. Mueller is well on his way to additional awards for his book “Fields of War: Battle of Normandy.” Amazon editors have already included the book on its lists of favorites for the year 2014. The book is designed to give travelers points of interest while touring battlefields in Normandy, the countryside, beaches, quaint villages, and medieval churches.
The book begins with the D-Day Invasion of Normandy detailing the contributions made by the troops of the Britain, Canada, and the United States in this major turning point of World War II. Part Two provides detailed data and insight into the events of the following seven weeks in the campaign that defeated Germany’s war efforts. Mueller’s commentary is informative, instructional, and insightful. Helpful maps enhance the reader’s appreciation of the narrative. Photo galleries add another dimension to Mueller’s word pictures, and descriptive phrases, and bring a new sense of reality to the devastation of war.
Meticulous research, detailed footnotes, a comprehensive (19 page) index and unique appendices add value for dedicated history buffs. I found the comparison of ranks, unit compositions, glossary of German military terms, and an armor comparison especially interesting. Helpful driving directions, points of interest, and important summary statements are highlighted throughout the manuscript.
Mueller’s interest in military history and his extensive travel and study in the battlefields and important events of World War II throughout Europe give credibility to his writing. Guidelines for locating significant sites of the battles with detailed descriptions of memorials, veteran’s cemeteries, and other points of interest make this an important addition to the numerous books available in this genre.
“Fields of War: Battle of Normandy” by Robert J. Mueller will be a noteworthy addition to the library of history aficionados and for those touring WWII battle sites and memorials. The book is a remarkable tribute to the sacrifice made by American soldiers and by their counterpart, the allied troops.